Music at GFCC
Dec 8, 2015
Music is an important part of the curriculum at GFCC. We are very fortunate to have two Music teachers -- Mrs. Alice Stapleton and Mrs. Cathy Turner.
Mrs. Stapleton teaches music and movement to the 2's and 2 1/2's classes and floats between classes when she is not teaching music. Mrs. Turner teaches the 3, 4, and 5-year olds on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday each week.
Music activities and experiences help children practice important skills, including thinking, language, motor coordination, understanding emotions, and routines. Music is not just an "extra" at GFCC. Listening to music, singing songs, and playing instruments provide important learning opportunities.
Music and Thinking Skills
Music is a powerful tool that helps children learn new thinking skills.
When children play with musical instruments, they explore cause and effect. They also learn how different instruments work and the sounds they create.
They learn to pay attention to changes in sound.
In the spring at GFCC, Mrs. Turner invites guest musicians to come and introduce our children to many different kinds of instruments.
Music and Language
Singing songs is a wonderful way for young children to practice language.
When children sing, they practice pronouncing words and putting sentences together.
Learning lyrics is an effective way to remember information. An example would be the ABC song.
Music and Motor Skills
Songs with motions help children practice fine-motor coordination. Just by doing a favorite song like "The Itsy Bitsy Spider," children are practicing their hand and finger control -- a skill necessary for writing and handling small objects.
Music and Emotions
Music can be soothing and comforting.
Music can have sad, happy or scary sounds. Teachers can play music and help children identify their feelings about these sounds.
Music and Routines
Music and singing can help children follow the routine of the day.
Teachers can use clean-up songs to alert children it is time to stop playing and put the toys away.
Songs can be used to signal a transition from one activity to another or to keep children interested while they are waiting.
Playing quiet music may signal that it is rest time, while loud, energetic music can get children up and moving and to help them use their energy before settling down for a more quiet task.
A big Thank You to all of our teachers for taking pictures during GFCC's Music classes.
Excerpts taken from: Music Activities Teach Important Skills to Children in Child Care